HCM City prepares to usher in ‘Year of the Rooster’

Nga Do
Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2017, the nation’s biggest and most anticipated celebration welcoming the lunar new year will open January 25-31, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has unveiled.

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During the celebration, this year’s event themed HCM City – My Beloved City will transform into a pedestrian plaza showcasing a spectacular display of flowers, exhibits and designs. The floral extravaganza has been held for the past 13 consecutive years, attracting more than one million visitors on average each year.

As in previous year, advertisements bearing the names of the event’s corporate sponsors will hang from street lights and corners. This year, however, they will also appear among the flowers. In addition, this year, the municipal government will license a series of food and drink concessions along the walkway, which is a departure from prior years that prohibited these concessionaires.

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The Committee has also announced they will place more garbage containers and mobile toilets to serve guests on the plaza. Young people in the city will also get involved in beefing up security by monitoring parking lots.

Vietnam has yet to decide how many days it will authorize for the Lunar New Year holiday, which is two and a half months away. Vietnam’s labour ministry has suggested two options (seven or ten days). The Ministry of Home Affairs has called for the shorter of the two options.

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